Pamuk Mh. Hasan Tahsin Cd. No: 16, Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
A very pleasant hotel
As we arrived in the village and slowed the car to analyse where our selection of hotels might be, the owner of the Venus (the father) started harassing us to stay at his place. We moved the car away, but he followed, hollering in the car. He kept dropping the price, and we realised that the Venus Hotel was on our shortlist anyway, so we accepted. It was a very pleasant place.
As stated is other reviews, the staff/family is extremely friendly and helpful, the most so in all our stays in Turkey. We were in one of the rooms in the new wing, so it was very clean, new, and bright. One issue: it wasn't very well sound-proofed, which wasn't a big problem then as the hotel wasn't very full, but I can imagine it could be. The meals were also quite good.
The pool was still closed as it was still early in the year.
Directions: Arriving in from Denizli, it is a block to the left from the main road. All the people from all the hotels will be out and about flagging you down as you enter town. It is about a 5 to 10 minute walk to the "centre" of town.
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We loved this hotel. The family who run it are friendly and helpful -- also fun. Our room was great; the cost was very inexpensive (I don't really know how they do that!); the food was very good. We ate in a garden with a pool -- one of the few small hotels where I actually swam while in Turkey.
The hotel is in walking distance of the Travertine cliffs, and we could see them from our balcony. The owners arranged for our trip to Aphrodisias, which is not be be missed. It is an easy walk into the small town, and the road leading to the hotel is picture perfect.
This is Turkish village life at its best.
Do NOT stay at the Venus Hotel, there are better places/locations in Pamukkale
Venus Hotel is away from the main part of the village, not close to Internet cafe, shops or the beautiful sights. Their free internet broke when we were there because they have an outdated monitor. The hotel is directly next to a large private facility for the severely developmentally delayed and the noise from that facility was very disruptive early every morning and sometimes late at night. The owner/manager told me way too much about how he was in touch with his lawyer about forcing them to move. He also frequently brought up the subject of selling us carpets, which makes a paying guest dread returning to the hotel. The pool is tiny and is not heated and is in the shade most of the day. There are other better hotels closer to the village centre and the calcium pools with a better view including UYUM Otel which is a nicer hotel with a great pool and a thermal pool, or Ozbay Otel where you can see the calcium covered mountain from their patio restaurant. The price for these other hotels is as good or better than Venus hotel and we changed to a different hotel after two nights at Venus. Stay elsewhere, there are several other, better hotels right in the village. Pamukkale is well worth the trip, the sights are amazing and the Antique Pool is filled with authentic roman ruins.
Venus and Pamukkale worth the visit
Maybe the Four Seasons would be a better fit for B-Woman.
While the Venus is minutes away from the main part of the village, it is easily walkable, as well as being within a 20 minute walk to the Calcium pools. The rates were very reasonable , and the meals that we had both satisfying and affordable. This is a SMALL hotel but very charming. The rooms were clean and of average size. The staff was warm, friendly and helpful. Not at all like the the woman from Calgary had described. I
Perfect little hotel, you won't be disappointed!
Anyone who'd give this hotel a negative rating must be crazy. Everything was wonderful and the lovely owners bent over backwards to make everybody feel genuinely welcome. Perfect for a single female traveller, I felt completely safe and looked after. A clean, air-conditioned room with own bathroom and cute balcony cost only about 20 Lira per night, it even included a delicious traditional Turkish breakfast. I've stayed in much more expensive hotels, but for these prices, this place was a very welcome change! The pool and garden were lovely, there were even ripe apricots in the trees! A great little place to relax in a quiet village environment. There was a free pick-up service from Denizli bus station with a direct transfer to the hotel. The hotel definitely deserves its #1 Trip Advisor rating for Pamukkale, I couldn't have asked for anything more. Keep up the great work, Karen and Ibrahim! Thank you for a fabulous stay.
The perfect budget hotel for visiting Pamukkale
We couldn't have asked for a better hotel. It's a short five to ten minute walk to the Travertines, but the staff were very helpful in telling us how to get there and what to expect. The room was perfect and had a balcony view of the Travertines. It was also very cool considering the temperature was over 40 degrees outside. We also had the best vegetarian meal of our trip to Turkey. I couldn't recommend this hotel enough.
An Unusually Excellent & Memorable Hotel in Turkey
Wow. If only all small, inexpensive hotels in Turkey could come even close to measuring up to this one.
The management (an Australian woman (Karen) who is engaged to Venus' young Turkish owner), is so unbelievably professional, thoughtful, helpful, kind, thorough, and welcoming - they honestly bring five-star service to a tiny boutique hotel in rural Turkey. For example, when we called to book our room we asked how far away Aphrodisias was from Pamukkale and mentioned that we wanted to visit there as well. About one hour later, we unexpectedly received a phone call from Karen (she'd traced back our phone number so she could get ahold of us!!!) letting us know that she'd found one other couple who would share a private cab with us to the site on the same day we were arriving - if we were interested. Of course, we were! Karen's fiance also picked us up from the dolmus stop in town when we first arrived - again, unexpectedly.
In terms of the place - it's spotless and very well furnished and decorated with lots of extra touches that make it very unique. The rooms are big, the bathrooms are clean, the TVs have a huge range of channels. Our room had a private balcony as well with a perfect view.
Venus also offers up some excellent Turkish home cooking. Good dinners, a selection of wine, and then great breakfasts as well. There's even a private area to sit and have a nargile under the stars.
The location is perfect too. I wish I could say enough to convey what a treat this place it. You get so, so much for your money. I strongly and hugely recommend it.
Exceeded our expectations
We stayed at Venus hotel for a night last week. It was a wonderful experience. We were not sure what to expect because it was very affordable and the environment seemed very rural. However, we were treated to a classic Turkish village experience - complete with Turkish hospitality and the authentic dinner served by the owner's mom. The owners spoke excellent English and recommended places to visit on our way back to Antalya. The rooms were clean and the hotel exudes a fresh scent of linen - giving you a sense of being home.
Not that they really need more praise . . .
But here's some anyway. All who meet the owners Ibrahim & Karin fall in love with them. This was my second stay this summer. I had a particularly lovely and quiet room. During both my visits I met fascinating people from all over the world while dining on the terrace by the pool--university professors, single parents with children, etc. Not to date myself, but the place is filled with good karma. . . .
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